Lights Out Series Finale Review: "War"

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As much as it's sad to see Lights Out go, the show concluded with what fans had been waiting for all season: the championship fight between Patrick "Lights" Leary and Richard "Death Row" Reynolds.

Unlike their previous fight, which had haunted Patrick, this particular match was a fight to the end. There was no winning on points and only a knock out would seal the victory.

The episode title, "War," was fitting.

The Big Fight

I was a little shocked at how outmatched Patrick appeared at the outset of the fight. I knew his strategy was to tire Richard out before he made his move, but frankly he just seemed out of his element. Maybe some doubts still hung on his mind, maybe he had a fear of losing, or maybe there were some early fight jitters.

That being said, it was the support of his family and his determination to succeed that pushed him forward towards victory. Mike Fumosa's comment about never quitting, his father and brother in his corner rooting him on, and his wife mouthing the word "Now" showed how important that support system is. The people he needed on his side truly were.

And boy, when Patrick came out swinging, his fists must have felt like trucks with the way he was pummeling his opponent. Both of these men are great fighters, but there was a certain heart and zeal behind Patrick. There was more to the fight than just the money.

I applaud that the actual fight lasted a good ten minutes. Shows containing fight sequences of any kind often last barely seconds, but Lights Out gave viewers a real, complete match. There were a few times where I got the feeling of a choreographed fight, but for the most part, the boxing battle was a great payoff.

It is funny though, that where an outcome is supposed to hinge on only the two boxers, that a dirty referee and a paid off doctor could potentially change the course of events. I'm glad it ultimately didn't, but that referee was getting on my nerves with his stopping the fight and making poor calls. I had to remember that this was scripted television, but I was certainly engaged.

Yet, there was more to this episode than just the fight and the most prominent was the confessional scene. Patrick was filled with a sense of remorse for some of his actions on his journey towards the comeback. He's had a heavy emotional weight to bear and viewers were allowed to see another side to him. It was a moment where he could break down and reveal what was going on inside.

As for the United Boxers, it felt a little bland, but I understood its purpose in adding another element for season 2. It's just unfortunate that we'll never get to see where that story was headed. Even the Barry and Hal struggle for control was just bubbling to fruition.

Holt McCallany and Stacy Keach

The scene that really hit home for me was after the fight. Watching Patrick stare at the mirror with a confused expression was a sad moment. The worst repercussion had finally hit the champ boxer and he couldn't even recall who won the fight. The fact that he'd come so far, defeated his rival, and saved his family financially, only to be struck with this unfortunate turn of events was heartbreaking.

Patrick has been a solid character worth watching and rooting for and after all of the hardships and turmoil, I actually wished he could have received the perfect happy ending. Thus is life.

And as such, it was bittersweet that it was the series finale. I never thought the show could go on for more than potentially three seasons, but if it had been at least given the chance, the characters would have had more time to develop and grow. There were certainly places the show could go and I can only imagine where Patrick's final moments would have played over into the future.

FX has delivered some fantastic shows that explore human characters and the struggles of life, and Lights Out is no different. While not perfect, it did bring in a unique backdrop and look into the boxing world. In the end, it was the characters that drove the story forward and gave viewers another dramatic family to watch.

It's just a bummer sometimes that good television has to compete with good viewership.

Did you enjoy the series? What did you think of the finale? Sound off below.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Great episode, great season, GREAT SHOW! I'm devastated that it is not returning. I'm so invested in these characters now and I will never figure out what happens to them! I hope & pray that another channel (HBO, Showtime, Starz) picks it up. I didn't watch the F/X drama Damages, but I know after F/X didn't renew it, it went to DirecTV so it could finish its story. But I'm a realist, so I'm not expecting it.


april, you fool...out of nowhere? the whole season part of the story was his dimentia, how his daughter was not allowed to tell the mother, how he was worried he would end up like the old champ from the previous episodes. he even had a dream how the doctor told him it wasn't real....come on april, your better than that!


Did anyone else notice the injury to his eye in the fight moved around between scenes ? from his right eye to his left between the fight, the dressing room scene and the hallway scene out side dressing room ?? Great show anyway.......


I really hope another network picks up Lights Out, too good of a show to can after just one season. A lot of successful series struggle their first season with ratings.


Too bad the show had to end.


Great show, too bad they aren't making a second season. Favorite quote of the night "Who won the fight", Theresa...


Oh yeah, one complaint about the episode - I thought the fight was kind of weak. I mean, I like Lights and all, and I wanted him to win, but it wasn't exactly realistic to have him destroy Death Row like that after being out of boxing for so long. I mean, the made went the distance 5 years ago, and Lights knocks him out in the 3rd round this time? Not very believable, but oh well. Doesn't take away from the fact that this was a great episode.


Ugh... such a great show. Some may disagree, but I felt it still had so much more potential (even though early on I really couldn't see it going much further than the Lights Death Row rematch). I mean, there was the United Boxers, the failed hit on Lights's sister, that meeting between Hal and Barry about halfway through the season that, unless I am mistaken, was never explained, the story behind Theresa and her family in England, Eva's rebellious behavior, Johnny's son not growing into the person that Johnny wants him to be, Lights's mom, and I'm sure there's plenty more I didn't mention. I am holding on to the, admittedly, 1 in a million chance that FX changes its mind because this finale got good ratings, or some other network picks it up, etc. I found it strange that none of the TV ads were promoting it as the series finale, but instead as the season finale, and am hoping they did this for a reason (even though they probably didn't). One thing everyone has to admit though, is that this WORKED as a series finale. It left me heartbroken for Lights and his family - a good cliffhanger that never gets an answer. I'm not exactly sure how the show could go on with a dysfunctional Lights. When I was brainstorming about the directions the show could go in over the years and how it would end (this brainstorming obviously took place before the news that Lights Out was not renewed), I believed that the dementia hitting on hard like this would be the series finale - except to a show that went on for 4 or 5 seasons. Is it not too far-fetched to believe that the season would not have ended this way if the show had been renewed? I mean, I could see them ending the season some other way, but filming this "alternate ending" in case it did get axed, and throwing it in since it would work better as a series finale than whatever else they had planned... Great episode, great show, and poor me (as well as the rest of Lights Out's fans). We will miss you Lights - RIP.


What a great series. So sad to see it come to an end after the first season. Holt McCallany did such a great job playing a this character. I'm hoping he gets a new show so he can be the lead again. He definitely has new fans and I m proud to say I am one of them.


not another episode????

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Lights Out Quotes

Patrick: I don't like your tone.
Man: What are you gonna do? Beat me up?

Please, Patrick, I love you too much to watch you die. Either you stop or we stop.